Manipulate Object Centers

On

Off

Transform Manipulator

Off

Translate

Rotate

Scale

Proportional Editing

Off

On

Off

On

Snap

Off

On

Align Rotation

Widgets Colors

Object Mode

Edit Mode

On

Off

Sculpt Mode

Vertex Paint

Many of the widgets in Blender have 2 states, disabled and enabled, or “off” and “on” (although some have multiple “on” states) . These widgets fall into 2 groups.

Group A

Group B

All

Visible

Limit Selection

Set active layer

Protect layer from editing

Set layer visibility

Lock current frame

Off

On

Face Selection Mask

The same concept can be applied to some of the properties. Here are the existing and proposed new icons for the grease pencil:

Insensitive

Sensitive

Tablet Pressure Sensitivity

First notice what is the same between the widgets in the two groups. All of them have a light grey background for the “off” state, and a darker grey background for the “on state(s).

Now notice what is different between the widgets in the two groups. In group A, most of them have color in both states, and some of them no color in either state. In group B, the “on” state has color, but the “off” state is monochrome. It is much easier at a glance to tell which state the widget is in for those in Group B. Imagine if Group A had the following widgets instead:

Manipulate Object Centers

On

Off

Transform Manipulator

Off

Translate

Rotate

Scale

Off

On

Align Rotation

On

Off

All

Visible

Limit Selection

Face Selection Mask

Insensitive

Sensitive

Tablet Pressure Sensitivity

Unlocked

Locked

Brush Parameters

Rather than having to detect the different shade of grey in the background color, the lack of color on the “off” state in these versions stands out and makes it much easier to differentiate.

In a similar way, adding color to the “on” states of the following widgets makes them easier to differentiate also.

Unlocked

Locked

Brush Parameters

To ease differentiation between the “off” and “on” state(s), “off” widgets should be monochrome, and “on” widgets should have color.

New

Some icons are exceptions - not everything is black and white. For example, the lock icons are based on the Animate and Render widgets, and look fine this way.

Off

On

Show Texture in Viewport

Off

On

Show Texture in Viewport